Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Documentary on Tuvalu to screen on PBS

Time and Tide, a documentary which follows a group of expatriate Tuvaluans as they return home (and in the process explores both globalization and the threats of global warming), will screen at 8:30 and 11 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 2, on PBS Hawai'i.The film is also available to UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff at Wong Audio/Visual Center. To view the Pacific Islanders in Communication website for the film, click on the image at right; to view the library's Voyager record, click here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

History Workshop Series. De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography

The UH-Manoa Department of History has announced a new History Workshop series. Below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Suzanna Reiss and Matt Romaniello. For more information on David Chappell's talk, click on the image at top right; for more on the series in general, click on the image at bottom right.
Dear Colleagues,

The Department of History invites you to join the inaugural series of our new History Workshop.  This year's theme is "De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography." 

The series will being with "Transnations in Oceania: Colonial States and Indigenous Identities" by David Chappell, Associate Professor of Pacific and World History, on Friday, September 3rd at 2:30 pm in the History Department Library (Sakamaki Hall A201). 

We've attached flyers for Professor Chappell's talk and the upcoming series.  We would greatly appreciate it if you would distribute this information among your own colleagues.  We would be happy to send you paper copies if you would be interested in distributing them or posting a copy. 

We hope to see you all on September 3rd, or at one of our upcoming talks.  If you were interested in presenting as part of this year's workshop, or presenting in one of our future series, please let us know.  Furthermore, if you know of a graduate student who might be interested in joining our Graduate Student Forum next May, please encourage them to contact us.

Suzanna Reiss and Matt Romaniello, Assistant Professors of History

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wireless Printing Now Available In Library

Thanks to the Library's Desktop Networking Services department, you can now print documents off your laptop at various locations in Hamilton and Sinclair libraries, using the UH wireless network.
The address of the GOPRINT printer system is:

After logging in with your UH username/password, you can choose any one of three printer locations in Hamilton:
  • BHSD (Business, Humanities, & Social Sciences area, first floor),
  • HAWNPAC (Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Reading Room, fifth floor), or
  • SCITECH (Science & Technology reference area (first floor, Hamilton Addition).
The SCITECH location is a color printer, which is $0.75 per page; other locations are $0.09 per page. When you select a printer location the print request (JOBNAME) on the GOPRINT paystation window is your UH login name. Print requests disappear after two hours if not executed or deleted.

Sinclair Library has two wireless printing locations.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dr. Karen M. Peacock: 1948-2010

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Karen M. Peacock.

Karen Peacock was professor emeritus and retired curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  She passed away peacefully on August 13, 2010 after a ten-month battle with cancer.

Karen's career with the UH Library spanned more than thirty years.  She began in the Pacific Collection, where she briefly worked in a temporary position before moving into a tenure-track position with the Social Sciences & Humanities reference department.  She returned to the Pacific Collection in 1980 as a Pacific specialist and in 1987 assumed curatorship of the collection upon the retirement of R. Renee Heyum.  In addition to her work as curator of the Pacific Collection, she also served as department head for the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections (formerly Special Collections) at Hamilton Library from 2001 until her retirement.  Karen became ill late last year and officially retired on February 1st of this year.

Born in Richmond, Indiana, Karen spent her childhood years in Micronesia where her father, Daniel J. Peacock, served as the director of library services during the Trust Territory era. After receiving her BA from Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), she returned to Micronesia, and in Saipan she worked briefly for the Congress of Micronesia, then as a teacher at Marianas High School.

Karen received her Masters of Library Science in 1973, an MA in Pacific Studies in 1978 and PhD in Pacific History in 1990.  She has more than twenty publications to her credit and served at various times on the editorial boards of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies' Pacific monograph series, and for the journals The Contemporary Pacific, Pacific Studies (BYU-Hawai'i), and the Micronesian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Karen was devoted to the Pacific, especially Micronesia.  She gave a great deal of her time and energy to supporting the work of Pacific libraries and archives, while also advising and mentoring many of the islanders with whom she came into contact. In recognition of her efforts, she was honored by the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.  Other awards bestowed upon her included the Outstanding Alumni Award by the UH School of Library and Information Studies, the UH Library's Nina D.P. Horio Excellence in Librarianship Award, and the Dr. Sarah K. Vann Professional Services Award (UH Library and Information Studies program).

Karen is survied by her life partner, Kim Haines, father Daniel J. Peacock, sister Paula Bertolin (brother-in-law Gordon), brother Daniel L. (sister-in-law Lisa) and nieces Caroline and Beth Bertolin.

Arrangements for a memorial service are still pending at this time.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Finding Hawaii- and Pacific-related dissertations & theses

PhD dissertations and masters' theses often mark the first sustained, scholarly research into a specific subject -- as such, they're an invaluable foundation for all future research. The Hawaiian Collection is a depository for dissertations and theses produced at the University of Hawai'i, and both the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections also regularly seek to acquire relevant dissertations and theses produced at universities worldwide.
As they are cataloged, dissertations and theses are added to the library's online Voyager catalog, while Hawaiian and Pacific Collections staff also compile an  annual list of all University of Hawaii dissertations and theses, including those awaiting cataloging -- for information regarding this publication e-mail hawnpac@hawaii.edu. In addition to these resources, Pacific Collection Librarian Lynette Furuhashi has compiled a listing of all Pacific-related dissertations and theses (more than 450) produced at UH between 1923 and 2008; to view the PDF file, click here. For a list of Hawaiian language dissertations and theses in the Hawaiian Collection, click here
Although we attempt to collect as extensively as possible all scholarly research related to Hawai'i and the Pacific, we cannot gather everything. Here are a few important sources of dissertations and theses from throughout the Pacific:

For UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff (requires log-in):
  • Dissertations and Theses (formerly Digital Dissertations): Includes bibliographic citations for the doctoral and master's work of authors from more than 1,000 graduate schools and universities dating back to 1861. More than 750,000 dissertations and theses from 1997 on have been digitized and are available for PDF download. The majority of Hawai'i- and Pacific-related work found here will have been published in U.S. institutions.
  • Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawai'i: A subset of Dissertations and Theses; provides access to full text of most University of Hawai'i theses and dissertations, from 1996 to present.

Open access sites:
  • Australasian Digital Theses Program: A database of theses produced by postgraduate research students at Australian and New Zealand universities. It provides a mix of citations/abstracts and downloadable full-text files.
  • ANU Digital Theses: Electronic versions of theses produced (and deposited voluntarily) by scholars at Australian National University. Includes Pacific and non-Pacific content.
  • Australian Research Online: The Australian National University's online database searches the digital holdings of numerous Australian universities, government and NGO research repositories, and returns results on theses, preprints, postprints, journal articles, book chapters, musical recordings and pictures. The results are a mix of abstracts and full-text.  
  • Research Space @ Auckland: The digital repository for University of Auckland. Includes a mix of citations and downloadable full-text.
  • University of the South Pacific Digital Theses Program: Provides access to a mix of abstracts and full-text for theses produced by students at the University of the South Pacific.